Bio

Whether you heard him playing Lead alto during his 18 year tenure with The Count Basie Orchestra, or playing tenor saxophone with Paquito D’Rivera or baritone saxophone with Abdullah Ibrahim or clarinet solos with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Marshall keeps the swing and dance that he learned in his hometown of Pittsburgh, at the heartbeat of his playing.    A seasoned reedman, having played over 30 years in the New York City area, he is known for his ability to play all of the saxophones and woodwinds, with a unique approach to each one. 

His career includes a 10-year stint with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and playing and recording all 4 saxophones and flute with Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nation Orchestra. He plays Baritone sax on D'Rivera's Latin Grammy-winning album Tropicana Nights. He began his studies with 10 years of Classical Clarinet at Carnegie-Mellon University. Other career highlights include clarinet solos with The Duke Ellington Orchestra and performances at Carnegie Hall with Nancy Wilson, The Tokyo Blue Note, and The Nice Jazz Festival. Known for his multi-reed abilities, he has also played and recorded on Baritone sax with Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya. He has played with Illinois Jacquet, Charli Persip, Frank Foster, Tony Bennett, Bobby Caldwell, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Aretha Franklin amongst others. 

Marshall has performed with Tony Bennett, Milt Jackson, Nina Simone, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Foster, Charli Persip, Pete Christlieb, Diane Schuur, Illinois Jacquet, Doc Cheatham, and Patti Austin.  In addition, stints with The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, The Dells, The Temptations, Melba Moore, an, Ledisi amongst others. 

Performances include:   

Carnegie Hall   
The Kennedy Center   
The Sydney Opera House   
Royal Albert Hall   
Walt Disney Concert Hall        
The Hollywood Bowl   
The Newport Jazz Festival   
The Monterey Jazz Festival   
The Montreal Jazz Festival   
The Toronto Jazz Festival   
The Nice Jazz Festival   
The JVC Jazz Festival   
The Playboy Jazz Festival   
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival     
Blue Note New York   
Blue Note Tokyo     
Blue Note Milan   
Cotton Club New York   
Cotton Club Tokyo   
Birdland New York City   
Small’s Jazz Club New York 
Iridium Jazz Club New York  
Smoke Jazz Club New York    
Yoshi’s Jazz Club Oakland